Disclosing Child Sexual Abuse – Anne Wade

cathy fox blog on child abuse

Anne has been a nurse, adolescent psychotherapist and child protection worker. She is happily married, as a mother she home educated and is a Quaker activist and Green socialist.

This is her article.

Disclosing child sexual abuse – Anne Wade

In 1896 Sigmund Freud published three papers in which he claimed that obsessional neurosis and hysteria were caused by repressed memories of sexual molestation in early childhood. That gave him his seduction theory. Essentially, when his patients, mostly women, presented with physical symptoms that appeared to be hysterical or obsessional, he told them they had unconscious memories of being sexually abused as children. If they would remember and tell him all about it, he assured them, they would get better. Colleagues criticised him, rightly, for attempting to implant false memories.

Then he reversed his position. Memories of sexual abuse, he decided, were not factual, but were only unconscious phantasies of…

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